German anti-doping agency requests action on Russia ahead of Olympics

Germany's anti-doping agency NADA has called for a clear signal in support of clean athletes in connection with the doping crisis in Russia as it presented its own 2015 figures Wednesday.

NADA chairwoman Andrea Gotzmann said that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the ruling athletics body IAAF must take action and that a ban of the entire Russian team from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August should at least be considered.

"I expect a clear signal in the interest of our athletes. What else has to happen that action is taken?" Gotzmann said.

"The credibility of the anti-doping work has been rocked. These are hits below the belt for clean athletes."

"Manipulation, corruption, no whereabouts system, doping tests worth nothing - we have a NADA in Russia which does not deserve this name."

The Russian agency RUSADA and the nation's athletics team have been suspended amid allegations of widespread doping and more than 20 Russian athletes tested positive in retests of samples from the 2008 and 2012 Games.

In addition, the former head of the Moscow anti-doping lab, Grigory Rodchenkov, told the New York Times recently that 15 Russian medallists from the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics were doped. Rodchenkov said he helped provide performance-enhancing drugs to athletes and switch out drug-tainted test samples with clean ones.

The IOC executive board was to discuss Russia at its three days of meetings which started Wednesday while the IAAF is to meet on June 17 over reinstating Russia or not.

Russian pole vault star Yelena Isinbayeva alleged that Russia was singled out and systematic doping taking place in other countries including Germany but Gotzmann would have none of it.

"I believe that we don't have systematic doping," she said.

Gotzmann did not want to judge the German 2015 figures in this respect but said the domestic control system does act as a deterrent.

The NADA conducted 12,425 doping tests in 2015, with 27 athletes so far sanctioned from 83 possible offences. It was the first year in which NADA carried out all competition and out-of-competition tests on behalf of the sports federations.

The 2015 budget was 9.1 million euros (10.1 million dollars), with 6 million euros coming from the German government.

Co-chairman Lars Mortsiefer also said the nation's first anti-doping law, which makes substance abuse a criminal offence, has started well with a good cooperation between NADA and state authorities and 14 criminal complaints filed.

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